Tuesday, May 30, 2023

114 West Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
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‘Mud and muck’ on roadway highlighted by residents

While much of this month’s discussion about the Buckhorn Area Amended Long Range Plan was somewhat technical, about certain areas that the study or the council were interested in including in the city’s formal future growth area – or the larger areas that the city council was not interested in – some practical issues also arose during the two-hour discussion.

Becky Wilson, 1108 Squires Road, wanted to ask what could be done about all of the “mud and muck” along West Ten Road. Wilson assumed that the mud had been tracked onto the roadway by large trucks or other equipment from construction on the 1.2-million square foot Medline distribution center now under construction off of West Ten Road (between the road and I-85/40).

Lots of construction equipment is coming and going along West Ten Road into and out of the site for a future 1.2 million square feet distribution center for Medline.

But assistant city manager Chris Rollins volunteered during the meeting that he wasn’t sure that the problem was attributable to the distribution center construction work, or whether “some of the mud” may be from DOT road widening in the same area.

In a subsequent interview, Rollins noted that on several spot visits to the site, he had observed large equipment, much like a street sweeper, being used to brush the dirt, dust, and mud off the road. [See accompanying photo.]

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